Wednesday, October 10, 2012

ROTC's Return to Ivy Leagues

AFA is excited to see the return of an Air Force ROTC detachment into Ivy League schools. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Yale University’s campus on Friday, Sept. 21, to welcome Air Force and Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps detachments to the campus. 

Last May, after 41 years of absence, a reserve officers' training corps presence announced its return to Harvard University. Navy Secretary Ray Maybus and Harvard University President Drew Faust earlier signed an agreement returning an ROTC program to the school, effective with the end of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.'

All three services (Navy, Army and Air Force) left the campus during the Vietnam War. They were barred from returning based on the school's objections to DADT. Cornell University is currently the only Ivy League school with an Air Force ROTC host presence.

The return of an Air Force ROTC detachment to the Ivy League school came about under the agreement signed in September 2011 by Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Yale President Richard Levin. 

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